The phone call this week ended my five-plus years as the director of missions with the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans. Officially retired as of April 27, the administrative committee had asked me to stay on a while in anticipation of the arrival of my successor–who is Dr. C. Duane McDaniel, presently the pastor of Hawaii Kai Baptist Church in Honolulu–as he will arrive on July 1.
The chairman said, “We’re going to cut you free as of the 31st, this Sunday.”
My mother says, “How does it feel being retired?” I said, “A lot like being unemployed.”
But thankfully the invitations to speak and teach are coming in, and it appears I’ll be staying busy.
I’ve written here that the plan is to leave untouched my Guidestone (denominational annuity agency) account for a couple of years to see if it will recover from the devastating hit the economy gave it over the last year. In the meantime, I’m taking every speaking/preaching opportunity that comes along, and–I’m so grateful!–Guidestone is doing its part.
Three weeks ago, my account grew $7,000 in one week. Two weeks ago, it grew $11,000 and last week $15,000. I feel like writing a love note to O. S. Hawkins (the president of Guidestone and an all-around good guy!). Keep it up, friend!
I’m on the road at the present, and cleaning out my office all week. Will try to blog a little in the middle of the week, but this is it for the present.
My text for tomorrow–Sunday–at Lake Ridge Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia is Mark 2, the story of the four men who brought the paralytic to Jesus.
The subject is how to have a miracle of your very own. That is, how to see God at work in response to your problem, in honor of your faith, in answer to your prayer. (I don’t have to tell you too many church members never see God’s hand at work in their lives.)
That lovely little story gives us a pattern for seeing God at work in our lives:
1) Give Him your problem.
2) Show Him your faith.
3) Wait on His answer. And be prepared to be surprised.
If you will do as these four men did, and NOT tell the Lord what to do, but leave it up to Him, you may be surprised at what you get. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think.
Have a great weekend.